Repeal the WEP/GPO Penalties and Protect Earned Social Security Benefits

WEP/GPO Penalties greatly impact many who have paid into Social Security

WHEREAS, After 1965, California?s educators were not allowed to participate in the Federal Social Security System; and

WHEREAS, The State Teachers? Retirement System is not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and

WHEREAS, The benefits of certain members of the Public Employees? Retirement System and retirement systems established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 are not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and

WHEREAS, The public safety officers? retirement plans are uniquely designed to address the special needs of their professions, including firefighters? unique employment characteristics, such as the physical demands of the job, which ultimately result in higher injury rates and permanent disabilities; and

WHEREAS, The Social Security Act includes two penalties, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), that reduce the Social Security benefits payable to persons who are entitled to benefits under other retirement systems, and which directly controvert the designed intention of these California public retirement system plans; and

WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who move from private sector employment into teaching, public safety, and other careers in public service; and

WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who earned Social Security benefits through their own employment prior to or after public service by denying earned benefits; and

WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would greatly improve the opportunities for hiring and retaining teachers, peace officers, firefighters, and other public employees in California; and

WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would provide economic stimulus across California by providing earned retirement benefits to public servants in every region of this state during this time of continuing slow economic growth;



The WEP/GPO:

? Penalizes public employees in all 50 states;

? Denies earned and paid for benefits;

? Penalizes widows and widowers by up to 100% loss of survivor benefits;



Congress must act now to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness.



Congress must act to repeal the WEP/GPO and protect earned and paid for Social Security benefits.



We the undersigned want Congress to act to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness by repealing the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.

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Public Comments (11,666)
Jul 23rd, 2018
Gary H. from Livingston, MT writes:
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It's time to make the citizenry whole, tax cuts do not do anything for US on monthly fixed income.. must REPEAL THE WEP PROVISION AND THE GPO, WAGES GOING UP, MEANS OUR FIXED INCOME IS NOT.. SEE OUT DILEMMA.. MUST REPEAL THE WEP/GPO...
Jul 10th, 2018
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May 29th, 2018
Gary H. from Livingston, MT writes:
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The WEP PROVISION AND THE GPO MUST BE REPEALED, THERE'S JUST TOO MANY OF US THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF... CONGRESS MUST MAKE US WHOLE.. WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR RETROACTIVE PAY, BUT IT WOULD BE RESONABLE AND FAIR.. MR. PRESIDENT , MY PRESIDENT, WE NOT WE HAVE BEEN TREATED FAIRLY.. THE WEP PROVISION AND THE GPO MUST BE ELIMINATED, IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE ALL OF US WHOLE, AFTER ALL WE WORKED ALL OF OUR LIVES FOR THIS COUNTRY THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING.. PLEASE DO WHAT IS RIGHT... REPLEAL THE WEP PROVISION AND THE GPO... THANK YOU....
May 27th, 2018
Gary H. from Livingston, MT writes:
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This terrible law which affects so many, TEACHERS, POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS, PUBLIC SERVANTS, BUT DOES NOT HAVE ANY AFFECTS ON THE TAX PAYING PUBLIC.. LOST 50% OF MY BENEFIT, AFTER WORKING ALL MY LIFE , SUBSTANTIAL INCOME.. AFTER ALL THE YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT..PLEASE REPEAL THIS UNFAIR LAW, WE WORKED ALL OUR LIVES TO BE SHUNDED......
May 27th, 2018
Gary H. from Livingston, MT writes:
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Please PLEASE, REPEAL THE WEP PROVISION AND THE GPO...
Dec 24th, 2017
Joseph P. from Brentwood, NY signed.
Nov 27th, 2017
Kenneth B. from Brick, NJ writes:
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It's time to stop steeling from the American People who worked for the Government and private sector. We didn't work multiple jobs and pay multiple pensions to get robbed. We did it to survive. Meanwhile The Government gives money to other countries. Well it's time to take care of your own people first. We are not asking for something special, we want what we paid for. When you pay into two buckets, you should receive from two buckets. The problem is, the government stole from the national bucket. Stop robbing the Americans who supported you.
Nov 22nd, 2017
Someone from Lake Zurich, IL writes:
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WEP is unfair to Visa Lottery winner. After 20 years employment in Poland I immigrated to the US. WEP reducing my retirement benefit from Poland to $32 monthly. How I should pay having no SSA# from 5000 miles away? There exist any procedure to pay from others countries SSA tax? So I dropped the $32, whole retirement from the other country, and I will have full SSA retirement and I will be entitled to all additional supports from federal, state and county governments. This is how WEP will supports o the US economy. This "rules" must be verified.
Nov 17th, 2017
JUDITH H. from Colorado Springs, CO writes:
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WEP STORMED INTO MY MIND TODAY...STRONG AND HEAVY. AS I BEGAN PLANNING FINANCIAL MEANS TO SHARE A DELIGHTFUL CHRISTMAS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, I COULDN'T HELP BUT WONDER WHAT I COULD/WOULD DO IF I HAD ACCESS TO THE $ AMOUNT DEDUCTED FROM MY MEDICARE BENEFIT BECAUSE OF MY YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE WITH PERA. WOULD I TRAVEL TO VISITS MY KIDS IN OTHER STATES...YES! WOULD I GIFT THEM AND THEIRS WITH SENTIMENTAL, MEMORY MAKING PRESENTS...YES. WOULD I BE ABLE TO GENEROUSLY DONATE TO ORGANIZATIONS WORKING HARD TO ASSIST CARE & SHARE, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN SAFE HOUSES, HOMELESS SHELTERS, THE BELL RINGERS KETTLE AND ON AND ON. WITHOUT THE $400 I WORKED FOR AND ASID INTO S.S., I AM UNABLE TO,OPEN MY HEART AND/OR PURSE STRINGS AS I WOULD LIKE TO. REPEAL THIS UNFAIR, DEGRADING, CONFUSING AND PREJUDICE DRIVEN ACT IMMEDIATELY SO I CAN REAP THE REWARDS OF WORKING HARD AND LONG BEFORE I MEET MY MAKER.
Nov 17th, 2017
Joseph P. from Brentwood, NY writes:
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WEP/GPO is not fair to those that put in their 40 Quarters to Social Security.

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